How would the world be different with the introduction or expansion of a particular technology (Jules Verne thought about submarines and Captain Nemo long before they were real)? What if humanity encounters aliens (I don’t have to tell you but just in case it doesn’t strike. How about the blue skinned Navi of Pandora!)? What if a particular event in history had turned out differently (say dinosaurs were never wiped out with that collision)? What if a current social issue takes a particular direction (Think euthanasia)? Just answer one question WHAT IF?
Science fiction has come a long way since its early days, when Isaac Asimov defined it as “that branch of literature which is concerned with the impact of scientific advance upon human beings”. Science fiction is not just concerned with science but with consequences. It asked “what if?” . It’s basic premise laid in finding what lay between an idea and reality. No wonder then that Pamela Sargent dubbed it “the literature of ideas.”
Fortunately, you don’t have to be a “techie,” or have a degree in quantum mechanics, to write sci fi. All you need is a different perspective to simple things, perhaps an “alien” perspective.
Are you someone like Larry Niven who used the unicorn myth in The Flight of the Horse or prefer Alan Dean Foster who utilized Navajo sand paintings in his novel Cyber Way? Do you belong to the plain Asimov cult? Or are you someone who believes in your own power of vivid imagination giving wings to the dreamer in you? Whatever category you may fall we present you the Kurukshetra Online Science Fiction Writing contest.
Are you a people-watcher? Do you pay attention when someone asks, “I wonder what they’d do if…?” Do you tuck weird facts into the back of your mind or study pictures? Collect those seeds, and let them grow in the back of your mind. With what finally blooms make sure you send them over to email@example.com
You’ve got an idea? Good! Now it’s time you sent them over to us! Visit www.kurukshetra.org.in for more details.
This is an event for people who like to think, design and code crazily within the limiting factors of a mobile phone which may be considered as a computer with much lesser memory, less capable processor, smaller displays, less power consumption, flexibility in display and more fascinating technology in the form of GPS, Touch input that allows you to switch between horizontal and vertical displays. Therefore, how creative you are in being able to transfer the knowledge that you possess in commanding computers to the mobile environment decides your probability of cracking this contest.
Now let us have a dig into why we decided on such a theme for mobile application developer contest of Kurukshetra-2010. In the inaugural edition of this event we didn’t want to complicate the event too much. So, we took a field that all of us are accustomed to thinking about and that is how the idea of education as theme was born. But, there again was a stymie to give it out as a theme due to the fact that it may also be synonymous to something boring and mobile always spelt something interesting and exciting. Since, Entertainment seemed to symbolize such things we went on to add it to the theme. Thus, ‘Edutainment’ was born!
In this event, we expect the participants to come up with novel thinking which should be given the shape of a working application based on the theme. Your application may be of any form like a rich game, a widget, a utility tool, a service, etc.
It is up to you to decide how far you push the boundaries, but always remember the more you push and more creatively you go about it, you win!
Get crazy! Get coding!
All the Best!
Mahavir Gautham R
K!!! MAD Team
Hi. This is a pretty long post where I have pretty much indulged in telling people why Xceed core is the best place to be, in the Kurukshetra team. It might sound arrogant, boastful, and annoying, especially to certain other teams like logistics and marketing because of the fun the Xceed team has, but hey, life ain’t fair. So here goes…
What gives you the opportunity to do nothing, let a junior do all the work, snigger as he runs around organizing stuff and all the while, you sit in CTF playing rummy, lets you travel to nice locations all over the country, pays for your travel, accommodation and food as well and best of all, gets you a letter of appreciation for um, enjoying your time?
One word. Xceed! (And, for those of you who spell it Exceed, be warned!)
If you don’t know what Xceed is all about, it is the regional prelim for Kurukshetra’s robotics events. This year, we expanded that to fit in the regional round of the K! Biz Quiz as well.
The Bangalore round of Xceed just concluded, where students from SIT Tumkur just showed everyone else how a line follower should run! (CEG students, take note. Theirs actually went fast, in a straight line for quite a bit of distance, before zig zagging for decisions). The quality of participation at Bangalore, ahem, Bengaluru, was fantastic, as always, in both the quiz and robotics events. Thankfully, the guys who won an event here last year as school students (putting many of our own guys to shame) are in college. So defeat wont taste that bitter now, boys.
Hospitality was just great! Not to mention the awesome food in RVCE’s mess (this statement is not sarcastic). The guys there helped us a lot in conducting Xceed and me and Prem had to barely lift a finger. I should say that the best thing about Xceed- Bangalore was the support of the boys from RVCE. Thanks a lot guys!
This is not all. Xceed will happen in other centres as well, and yours truly will be getting back with more updates on what’s happening in the world outside in the forthcoming posts.
Until then, cheerio!
P.S We were done with our work in the evening and even had a bit of time to admire the sights and sounds of Bangalore
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.”
- Albert Einstein